But You’re Not Supposed to Be Happy…
3rd June 2016
Bringing My Baby Home Safely…
3rd June 2016

F**K YOU Baby Buttons! & Other Annoying Baby Things!

Right from the moment that you see that positive line on the white stick that 3 minutes ago you peed on, to the first scan, first kick, first cry and first ever cuddle we get excited about the prospect of our little ones… or at least I did once I got over the initial OH MY GOD… HOLY CRAP! moment when I found out I was pregnant. It truly was ayy-mazing. I couldn’t wait for

my first cuddle which felt like a long time coming but once I started I never wanted to stop.

Now one of the things I enjoyed in the run up to becoming a mummy was going out and buying lots of lovely clothing for my beautiful little girl and people were so generous in their gifts as well. I swear… her wardrobe before she was born was better than my adult wardrobe has ever been – she had more bloody designers too! Anyway, putting the green-eyed clothes monster away… it was fun! Fast forward a few months later and OH BOY! How many of those purchases do I regret?!? Well, quite a few actually. It’s all very well and good buying cute, adorable, pretty little outfits…. but did I check that they were poppers and not buttons? Nope, I didn’t. ALL PARENTS TO BE LISTEN TO THIS WARNING…. BUY POPPERS!!! Poppers are amazing… they’re easy. A few clicks and you are all done… buttons on the other hand are the bane of my life and are something I can only imagine were sent up from hell by the devil to test the patience of every parent out there!

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been doing my own buttons since I was little… apparently my mum says I am quite good at doing my own now too! But baby buttons?!?! NO NO NO! They are so tiny… so you can’t grip them and nine times

out of ten the bloody button hole is too small for the sodding button!!!! Brrreeaaattthhheee! So you can see that baby buttons annoy me just a little and when choosing an outfit for Alyssa for the day, tend to work around buttons… especially now she can wriggle… A LOT!

Along the same lines as buttons is another pet peeve of mine when it comes to baby clothes… items of clothing that do up…. at the back!! I mean, what are we supposed to do… turn our babies over, face plant them into the changing mat and hope they can breathe for long enough whilst we attempt to do up 3 of the stupid bloody baby buttons that we can’t do on front fastening outfits let alone the back?! It is much

easier now that I have a baby that can sit up to be able to do anything up at the back… but she moves! She wriggles. She tries to get at and eat anything that is or isn’t within her reach! So seriously?!?! Back fastening clothing?!?! No, No and No once again!

My final peeve when it comes to baby clothes is one I am sure you will all share with me… over the head baby gros! I mean come on?!?! I get that it might mess up their pretty design of the baby gro to have a front fastening but… have you met babies?!?! They HATE HATE HATE stuff going over their heads! Until you get to a point where you can play peepo, which some babies still do not even accept, no baby is ever ever going to enjoy

you pulling clothes over their heads! Half the time the holes are much smaller than they should be and won’t comfortably go over a baby’s head anyway!

Ooo, Ooo, sorry that’s not my last peeve because I thought of another!! How LONG are the sleeves of baby’s clothing?!?! Unless you have miraculously just birthed an Orangutan, the sleeves will always always always be wayyyyy too long! I put Alyssa’s arm in a newborn cardigan the other day and the body didn’t fit obviously, but the arm was the perfect length to wrist!!! UMMMMMM…. this there may be a malfunction in the measuring department peeps?!?

I must say thank you all for letting me get this out! It’s been building up for a while and the other day I actually swore at a button (my new low point) so felt it needed to be “word-vommed” onto a page. A final point I would like to mention is that I do in fact love dressing my child and making her look so cute and pretty. So if the lovely manufacturers could stop making      clothing in a really frickin annoying way, I’d be golden! Until then…. F**K YOU BUTTONS!!!

 What are your baby clothes pet peeves?

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  1. Emma says:

    Haha, I feel your pain. I had lots of lovely friends that bought me loads of baby clothes for Oldest. They all had tiny buttons on. When they had babies, I got my own back – mwahahahahaha! I also used to hate tights. I really struggled getting baby tights back on! Thanks for linking up for #FridayFrolics

  2. Suzanne says:

    I remember dressing the Child in a demin dungarees dress when she was a few weeks old. It was really cute but so uncomfortable for her. If I have another they’ll definately be in sleepsuits (with poppers) for at least the first three months. #Fridayfrolics

  3. My second baby spent six months looking adorable and being very comfortable in sleep suits. I learnt my lesson with those bloody buttons first time! We had a gorgeous outfit for my fist that had buttons up the back. He only ever wore it once! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  4. So true – I’ve learned my lesson second time around after these exact daily struggles with my first 🙂 Poppers all the way!! #FridayFrolics

  5. Silly Mummy says:

    Yes baby buttons are so fiddly! Mine were always play with the non-front opening babygros, but I have to admit that I never put them on over head. Ours always had wide or envelope shoulders for easy pulling off in a poo crisis, so I did the same thing for putting them on – feet in first and then pulled them up!

    Thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next time.

  6. Jo says:

    I so agree, they are terrible things, and unfortunately they’re just as bad on toddlers who NEVER stay still long enough. Velcro all the way! #abloggingoodtime

  7. I HATED clothes that did up at the back, completely stupid! Anything with more than 3 poppers was also a no no. I don’t like tops with hoods either as they were a suffocation risk in my opinion and awkward when laying/sitting #ablogginggoodtime

  8. Abbie says:

    Hahahaha this post really made me laugh. It’s so true! Over head rompers and baby grows are a bloody nightmare. And dungarees that don’t have openings at the bottom too…argh!! #ablogginggoodtime

  9. haha … I remember that, especially the over-head baby grows. Why? There is literally no excuse for creating that! None!

  10. And yet they are the cutest things ever, right?
    I’ll have to remember this when I knit baby sweaters—I’ll use ties or something else!

  11. Meg says:

    Argh I so agree with you. WHY are the button holes too small?! #ablogginggoodtime

  12. With the twins, one having contant cords attached to her, my husband finally lost his mind over buttons.

  13. They are the worst! Those darn things are so tiny!

  14. fancy says:

    Those buttons are so pretty yet so dangerous!! Poppers all the way #ablogginggoodtime

  15. I find it hilarious how your idea of acceptable baby clothes change once your baby is born!! I remember buying a jumper with toggles!! Might as well have just thrown £20 away! #ablogginggoodtime

  16. Ha ha, I am totally with you on all of this. Why do they have to make the holes so impossibly tiny? I never had a problem with my son, all his clothes were poppers and zips, then along came my daughter and the buttons were suddenly on every item of clothing!

  17. Tubbs says:

    Preach! We got some hilarious clothes related gifts for the Tubblet when she was small. We struggle to get them on for photos to show the giver she’d worn them and charity shop them afterwards. I haven’t paid that forward as I am a nice person. 😉

  18. Oh my – baby buttons….!!!!!! And baby buckles!!!! So annoying #ablogginggoodtime

  19. Nicola says:

    I’m with you on the over the head babygros – and even worse when they’re covered in poo! I was a bit obsessed with tights when Phoebe was a baby – she had over 20 pairs before she was even 3 months old and they’re a flipping nightmare to take on and off! #ablogginggoodtime

  20. Although I don’t have that much trouble fastening back buttons (when Peachy couldn’t sit up I just lay her face down on my chest) I still feel that any kind of back closure is a design flaw. Newborns spend all of their time on their back. I don’t want my tiny baby beig pocked by a button all day. Once babies can sit up, it’s a bit better but if you plan on going out they will be strapped in a car seat or stroller. This means that once again, they will be poked by buttons. I didn’t realize this until after Peachy was born and as a result there are plenty of items that she never wore. #ablogginggoodtime

  21. Helena says:

    Oh my goodness it’s so true that they are so tiny and fiddly. #ablogginggoodtime

  22. You’re so right! Glad I don’t have to deal with those fasteners anymore, now my kids are older and can just slip on a dress or a t shirt! Someone gave me babygros that have no poppers or buttons, just a nice zipper. Those gros are the best! From Australia though… They must have it all sorted there eh?#ablogginggoodtime

  23. Surreymama says:

    Haha so true! I hate clothes that go over the head of have buttons at the back. Even for toddlers it’s a pain… keep them still for 2
    Minutes while you struggle to do them up?! Ahhhhh. My children often looked undressed for this said reason ☺ #ablogginggoodtime

  24. Oh I feel you! I hate the over the head kind of stuff but I must say I LLOOOOOOVVVEEE rompers, super easy to put on and perfect poppers at the bottom!
    I do wonder if the baby clothes designers are actually parents? ‘ablogginggoodtime

  25. Crummy Mummy says:

    It wasn’t until baby number two that I discovered the reason babygrows have split shoulders is so you can slip it down rather than over their head when they’ve done a poonami – why isn’t that explained on the packet?!! #ablogginggoodtime

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